PATTERN MAKING

The blue print of your shoes

A good pattern maker can bring great improvement to the original shoe design.

The pattern is a two dimensional representation of the upper part of the shoe.

It is the guide model used to cut the materials in precise pieces that later will be put together to assemble the upper part. A good pattern should fit tight in the last and ultimately produce a well proportioned and comfortable shoe.

It also takes in consideration the efficient use of material trying to reduce waste during the mass production phase. It considers the mechanical aspects avoiding overlapping layers of material to compromise the flex zones.

The basic technique employs simple tools like a small steel flexible ruler, masking tape (1/2 or 3/4 inch wide), pens and pencils, some stiff paper, a hobby knife and the shoe last. The shoe last is wrapped in tape. Then the design is draw over it. After the draw is finished the tape is carefully cut and peeled out of the last.

The tape shell is then flattened and attached to a stiff paper. The paper pattern is obtained by trimming out the paper following the tape edges. This paper pattern can be redrawn in a computer and later reproduced on heavy paper.

A good pattern maker can bring great improvement to the original shoe design.